Vintage Stereo Receivers ~ Tuners ~ Amps

Fisher RS-2010

Fisher RS-2010 ('78-'80) 100 WPC  $380


Pristine!

This Fisher RS-2010 is near perfect both cosmetically and in functionality.  To better show off the beautiful array of lights we upgraded this unit with all new LEDs.   

Weighing in at 35 lbs and conservatively rated at 100 watts per channel, it can handle 3 pairs of speakers very easily...and then some.  

Among its many features are two tape monitors, two phono inputs, one aux input, built in equalizer, equalizer on/off, filters FM MPX and subsonic on/off, mono mode on/off, loudness contour on/off, FM muting on/off, tuning and signal meters and left, right power meters. 

The front "panel logic" system is an illuminated, computer-like display that tells you at a glance what the receiver is set to do. 

The gorgeous silver faceplate with its solid aluminum knurled knobs and sliders is flawless.  Likewise, the walnut case is also flawless.

This RS-2010 has upgraded LEDs for the meters and FM dial with standard incandescent lamps for the other 17 function indicator lamps.   All switches, knobs, sliders, inputs and outputs are 100% functional.  Additionally, the power supply voltages were checked and the tuning section was aligned.   

This is truly one beautiful, very powerful piece of vintage history.  


*Note: 

The late 70's Fisher series were developed by Sanyo after they took over the flailing Fisher brand in the 70's.  Of course, prior to being sold, the name "Fisher" was synonymous with high fidelity leadership since the 60's when Avery Fisher turned the audio world on its ear with his early tube units (like the famous Fisher 500C and others).  Alas, all things must end, Avery Fisher sold his company and, over the years, the brand has both flourished (to some) and floundered (to others).  It's generally agreed that the RS-2010 and RS-2015 receivers made by Sanyo (from the mid-70's to early 80's) are very well made.


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Technics SA-400

Technics SA-400 (1978) 45 WPC $190 (mint) 


As the late 70's were becoming a slice of heaven for HiFi lovers, the market was bursting with fine receivers and the Technics SA-400 is one of those great mid-range designs . 

Not only does it perform well but it has the looks to go with it.  

Manufactured from late 1978 to around 1980, it's rated very conservatively at 45 watts per channel.  

The signal and tuning strength meters are pure analog...one of the last before the changes hit the market and digital started creeping into the scene.

As with all our restored beauties, this SA-400 is in excellent cosmetic and working condition.  

The balanced layout of the knobs and switches along with the white dial face make the Technics SA-400 a clean and sophisticated looking unit. 

The knobs are done nicely with a brushed aluminum top and sides with a polished accent line along the outer top edge.  

In low light, the SA-400 looks fantastic when lit up in a dark room.  

This is a great receiver for anybody.  Search the net and you'll be hard pressed to find anyone that dislikes this receiver and it's brethren the SA-200, SA-300, SA-500, SA-700 and of course the monster SA-1000. The SA-400 falls in the middle and perfectly combines performance with aesthetics.


About TECHNICS / MATSUSHITA / PANASONIC
Founded in the 1920's, the huge Japanese conglomerate Matsushita had interests in many electronics companies.  The most well known would be Technics and Panasonic. Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965.  Eventually, Technics became a premium brand bringing classics like the SL-1200mkii turntable and the absolute monster receiver at the top of the list: Technics SA-1000 (330 watts per channel)


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Akai AA-1150

Akai AA-1150 (1979) 50 WPC  $200 (mint)


We're fortunate to have this one-owner, flawless and beautiful Akai AA-1150 vintage receiver.

Most fairly knowledgeable audiophiles think of tape decks when they hear "Akai", but then, they also remember that the quality of Akai receivers, with their discrete powers supplies, is right up there with Pioneer, Sansui, etc.  

Rarely advertised in print, the late 70's Akai units were built with massive transformers and had a reputation similar to Sherwood...that is, excellent build, excellent sound yet not as well recognized.  

The clean design of the AA-1150 with it's heavy metal knobs and switches spread across the heavy solid chunk of the aluminum faceplate has its own classic look.  

The real tigerwood veneer case fits snug right up to the edges.Rare and powerful...

About Akai...

For over 80 years and still going strong, AKAI has proven itself to be one of the premier sources of vision and innovation for consumer electronics. Founded in 1929, Tokyo, Japan, AKAI has engaged in offering quality home entertainment products specializing in the audio and video arenas. Akai also manufacturers studio electronics such as mixers, keyboards, studio monitors, etc.


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Pioneer SX-3600

Pioneer SX-3600 (1980) 30 WPC $165


Pioneer was so confident about the build quality of their SX-3600 that they heavily promoted it as one of their finest stereo receivers with its very low distortion output, (blue) Fluroscan power meters and an outstanding phono section.

The excellent-sounding SX-3600 is conservatively-rated at 30 continuous watts per channel (RMS) with low 0.05% total harmonic distortion. 

As Pioneer entered the 80's, their expertise in high quality stereo receivers was at its peak.  Even at a modest 30 watts per channel, the SX-3600 still has ample power for home use with any reasonably efficient speakers. 

The bright blue Fluoroscan display indicates power output for both channels.  

While not described as a monster powerhouse, it most certainly is one of the best looking receivers that Pioneer ever made.  

Timeless elegance with it's stunning front silver face design, blue digital meters and walnut veneer side panels and top.  

This is a fine minty unit...faultless and sounds fantastic...

Pioneer SX-737

Pioneer SX-737 ('74-'76)  35 WPC  $225 (pristine)

The classic ​Pioneer SX-737 is a great looking receiver and was the mid-range offering in the mid-70's​. ​ It's in absolutely superior cosmetic and sonic condition.

​It features the famous "Pioneer blue lights" on the FM dial glass.  While it was considered mid- level it really was built with the same outstanding quality as Pioneer's upper end ​receivers​.​  ​

The SX-737 has the ​beautiful​ look of early 70's Pioneer's just before they moved to the white dial face and amber lighting. ​ I​t has more than the basic features you'd want in a receiver and, of course, it's beautiful. 

It's really true when it's said the 737 has a very warm and rich sound. It is most often compared to the Marantz 2230 and some Pioneer owners even prefer it over that unit​.  

One of the many very cool features on the 737 is it's ability to easily handle most any of the higher quality speakers.​  

And, of course, the gorgeous walnut case.  This one has been well taken care of and is in absolutely fine cosmetic and working condition.


About Pioneer...

Not much needs to be said about Pioneer other then the simple fact that the name is known worldwide for above average quality and excellence in high fidelity component design.  They were the unchallenged leader in stereo advertising and marketing in the 70's.  Back in the day, Pioneer made it clear that if you didn't have a Pioneer stereo system in your house (or college dorm) you just didn't have the right stuff.


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complete MCS stereo system bundle

Complete MCS stereo system bundle    SOLD

MCS 3249 receiver by NEC (1979) 45 WPC

MCS VTR oscilloscope waveform monitor (1979)
MCS 6603 turntable by Technics (1981)
MCS 8310 Linear Phase speakers by Technics (1980)


Description of all items are located on this website, bundle includes speaker wires, FM antenna, connecting cables and literature (manuals, brochures, etc)


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Optonica SA-5206

Optonica SA-5206 (1980) 45 WPC  $245


This fairly rare, very excellent and very good looking black-face Optonica SA-5206 is another of the fine receivers from Optonica   This one is in pristine condition with upgraded LEDs.  There's no doubt this is a jewel of vintage history.

Since the value of Optonica is beginning to skyrocket lately, any time there's an opportunity to get one of these amazing receivers, we'd suggest you go for it. 
Most of the Optonica models have reached the status level of higher end quality that are being sought after by audiophiles.  The build quality of the Optonica receivers are right up there with the best of Pioneer, Sansui, Yamaha, etc.  It's very conservatively rated at a minimum of 45 watts per channel.

The black faceplate, trademark teardrop-shaped machined black aluminum knobs with silver trim are all unique to the Optonica SA series.  

They also made the same identical units except with silver faceplates instead of black. 

The 5206 features a rosewood veneer case which is another of the trademark looks to this series... it's very attractive.

About OPTONICA (Sharp Electronics of Japan)...
The Optonica brand was created and first launched by Sharp in 1976 as a separate high-end brand to compete directly with Pioneer, Technics (Panasonic), Fisher, Marantz, Nakamichi, Sansui, Kenwood and Sony.  Sharp Electronics Corporation of Japan was founded in 1912 and takes its name from one of its founder’s first invention, the "Ever-Sharp" mechanical pencil. Obviously, they also designed and sold much more over the years.  By the mid-70's their electronic equipment (mostly gadget oriented items sold in catalogs and department stores) was well situated in the USA.  Major decisions were made to move into the select high-end stereo component market.  They absolutely hit a home run with their Optonica lineup. Unique, powerful and definitely well built, they are now very well known and commanding prices approaching the better Marantz and Pioneer units.


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Mitsubishi DA-R7

Mitsubishi Medallion DA-R7  (1982) 33 WPC  $175

While they might not be the best known maker of high fidelity stereo gear in the 1970's, by the late 70's and early 80's, Mitsubishi of Japan did make some very nice stuff indeed.  

Considered rare and powerful beyond its rated wattage, this unique, mint condition Medallion Series DA-R7 receiver is very well built and should be considered a rock solid anchor for most any stereo system.  

What's also very cool is that Mitsubishi continued to utilize analog components at a time when most other manufacturers had, or were, switching to digital displays. 

Among its many cool design features are the rack handles,  distinctive hemispherical tuner dial and beefy steel faceplate that gives it a very handsome and industrial look.  

The beautiful rosewood veneer case is just the right finish to describe the DA-R7 as a unique and gorgeous piece of excellent Japanese vintage design history.

It's easy to forget that the DA-R7 is very conservatively rated at 33 watts per channel (8Ω) and yet it will easily drive two pairs of speakers with lots of punch and panache'.  

The frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz is delivered via all inputs and outputs in a clean, noise free manner.  And, with a THD (total harmonic distortion) of a very low 0.01%, it's right up there in build quality with many of the other well known names at the time. 

This classic stereo receiver by Mitsubishi of Japan is definitely one of the best looking units we've had to date.

The DA-R7 supports A&B speakers, one turntable, one auxiliary component, and two tape decks.  There are two switched and one unswitched power outlets on the back and a built-in AM antenna with capability for an additional AM antenna as well as a standard 300ohm FM antenna.


About Mitsubishi Electric...

The origin of Mitsubishi in Japan dates back to the late 1800's.  The company and most of its affiliates, with the exception of Mitsubishi Electric, were dissolved after WW2.  Eventually the parent company was restored to become the global giant it is today.  Among the many companies under the current Mitsubishi corporate umbrella are Nikon (cameras).

Mitsubishi Electric, the powerful electronics division, has been deeply tied to the history of the development of modern Japan. The Electric Division was founded in 1921, when Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. (now Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) spun off a factory in Kobe, Japan that made electric motors for ocean-going vessels into a new company called Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

Mitsubishi/MGA branded stereo and high fidelity gear were, collectively, very strong competitors during the 70's.  Besides well built receivers, turntables, speakers, etc, there were many other private label pieces sold through various HiFi shops, department stores, etc.

You would think that such a prosperous and gigantic company like Mitsubishi Electric would have advertised as much as their main competition (Pioneer, Sansui, Yamaha, Sony, etc) but...they didn't.  Consequently, the vast majority of people (correctly) think of Mitsubishi as a car company and don't include them when it comes to vintage stereo gear.  Maybe they should consider thinking differently... 


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